Blisters and bad backs... sea cadets are tough lot
MEMBERS of Henley Sea Cadets took part in a collaborative attempt to row the distance around the world in 80
MEMBERS of Henley Sea Cadets took part in a collaborative attempt to row the distance around the world in 80 hours.
Twenty-five youngsters rowed more than 170 miles between the Eyot Centre in Wargrave Road and Hambleden Lock between Friday and Sunday. Their distance will be added to the national total and help the charity reach its target of 24,900 miles, the distance around the equator.
The Henley unit raised £1,000, which will go towards a new £5.6million square rig ship.
Robert Sumner, commanding officer of the Henley unit, said some of the cadets, aged between 10 and 16, rowed on all three days. He said: “They put in a lot of effort. They all got to row with different people and we mixed up the boys and girls. Most people enjoyed it on the whole but there were a few who found it quite exhausting.
Abi Inskip, 13, rowed 10 miles and said: “I’ve never done anything like this before — it was very tough.” Josie Day, 12, said: “It was difficult because you get blisters quite easily and it gets hard as you go up and down the river. My back hurt the most.”
The rowathon will contribute towards the cadets’ British Rowing qualification.